July 6, 2014
Old and New Designs in Crochet Work, volume 8
The cover for this book seems to have been lost. The correct title of this work, along with the series volume number, are taken from the page titles for evenly numbered pages. The missing cover image corresponds to "Lambrequin No. 829" which is described on PDF pg. 11, document pg. 7 as:
Lined with colored satine. 62 in. wide by 72 in. long (including fringe). Linen required
for each side strip is 18x63 inches, and for center strip, 18x27 inches. Use very heavy dark ecru linen and mercerized macrame cord for medallions. Embroidered in ecru perle No. 3; requires 3 dozen 1-inch brass rings, and
21 balls of the macrame cord. Stamped pattern may be had for $1.00. Directions are given in this book for a complete Library Set of this design, consisting of Library Scarf, Piano Scarf, Cushion Cover and Lambrequin. Medallions, 13½ in.
We can only guess at the final appearance of the Lambrequin based on the images of the Library Scarf (no. 826), Piano Scarf (No. 827) and Cushion Cover (No. 828). No details are provided in the Lambrequin instructions concerning the embroidery, macrame cord, brass rings and lining, but strong hints are provided by pictures of the matching Library Scarf (embroidery, fringe with brass rings) and Cushion Cover (embroidery in closer detail, picot edging). The base Medallion design (13½ in) is supplied in the Lambrequin instructions and follows three dimensional Irish lace with a flower composed of a center tying together individual petals, all on a background mesh.
The book follows the traditional structure of crochet pattern books, and provides a list of abbreviations, followed by pictures and instructions for the stitches used: Chain, Double Crochet, Treble, Half Treble, Double Treble, Triple Treble, Slip Stitch, Picot, Mesh, Popcorn Stitch, Lacet, Space, Cluster and Cross Treble.
Pictures and instructions for edgings and insertions are provided, followed by full patterns, with the exception noted above for the Lambrequin pattern. Items include medallions (round designs suitable for applique); cutwork, filet and crocheted doilies and centerpieces; bags; curtains, bedspreads and door panels with cutwork and filet; filet insertion panels; three dimensional baskets and cups; lace edgings in Irish and filet crochet; decoration of household linens using filet insertions, Irish lace, and cutwork and candlewick embroidery; a luncheon set doily collection; a pattern for matching cushion cover and door panel based on an Irish lace of simple flowers in a mesh background (No. 870); an edging incorporating rick-rack (No. 894); a Combing Jacket (No. 871, an elaborately decorated scarf to be places over the shoulders & tied in front); a silk baby bonnet (No. 880); and aprons.
This reviewer was particularly taken by the Irish lace edging consisting of roses in mesh interspersed with tasseled, covered rings (No. 855); the Lunchon [sic] Set (Nos. 856, 857, 858, 859, 860); the Irish lace motif found in the Lambrequin pattern (No. 829 ); and the edging consisting of Irish lace butterflies separated by tassels (No. 861). I am quite sure that fans of crochet and Irish lace will find many rewarding patterns in this publication, due to both the designs themselves as well as the clarity of the page scans.